Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.
~ Ps 23:4
O will, that wiliest good alone,
Lead Thou the way, Thou guides! best;
A silent child, I follow on,
And trusting lean upon Thy breast.
And if in gloom I see Thee not,
I lean upon Thy love unknown;
In me Thy blessed will is wrought,
If I will nothing of my own.
~ GERHARD TERSTEEGEN
The devout soul is always safe in every state, if it makes everything an occasion either of rising up, or falling down into the hands of God, and exercising faith, and trust, and resignation to Him. The pious soul, that eyes only God, that means nothing but being His alone, can have no stop put to its progress; light and darkness equally assist him: in the light he looks up to God, in the darkness he lays hold on God, and so they both do him the same good.
~ WM. LAW
Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.
~ Ecclesiastes 11:7 [NLT]
When was the last time you had the chance to see the sunrise? It’s breathtaking watching the light slowly take shape at the start of a new day. It’s a simple reminder that each day has the potential for so much beauty. Today is a new, glorious day! Take the chance to create beautiful things on this new day.
The life which I now live in the flesh.~ Gal 2:20
I expect to pass through this world but once therefore, if there be any kindness I can show or any good thing I can do to any fellow human being, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
~ Marcus Aurelius
Deliverance from Temptation
The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations.
~ 2 Pet 2:9
What though fierce and strong temptations
Press around thee on the way,
And thy sinful inclinations
Often cause thee great dismay!
Look to Jesus,
Thou through him shalt gain the day.
DOING GOD’S WORK
In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You
I pray that you will look to the multitudes of people who need Christ in their lives, and be moved by compassion to do the work of the Lord. May you teach them about the life of Christ and proclaim to them the good news of the Kingdom. I pray that when you see the crowd, you will see them with the eyes of Jesus. May you be a witness to them, telling them that only Jesus can meet their needs. May you have pity on the harassed and helpless, and those who are lost like sheep without a shepherd. May you ask the Lord, therefore, to send you out as His worker, for the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
After The Frost
Why go I mourning?~ Ps 42:9
Canst thou answer this, believer? Canst thou find any reason why thou art so often mourning instead of rejoicing? Why yield to gloomy anticipations? Who told thee that the night would never end in day? Who told thee that the winter of thy discontent would proceed from frost to frost, from snow and ice, and hail, to deeper snow, and yet more heavy tempest of despair? Knowest thou not that day follows night, that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter? Hope thou then! Hope thou ever! for God fails thee not.
~ C. H. Spurgeon
“He was better to me than all my hopes;
He was better than all my fears;
He made a bridge of my broken works,
And a rainbow of my tears.
“The billows that guarded my sea-girt path,
But carried my Lord on their crest;
When I dwell on the days of my wilderness march
I can lean on His love for the rest.
“He emptied my hands of my treasured store,
And His covenant love revealed,
There was not a wound in my aching heart,
But the balm of His breath hath healed.
Oh, tender and true was the chastening sore,
In wisdom, that taught and tried,
Till the soul that He sought was trusting in Him,
And nothing on earth beside.
“He guided by paths that I could not see,
By ways that I have not known;
The crooked was straight, and the rough was plain
As I followed the Lord alone.
I praise Him still for the pleasant palms,
And the water-springs by the way,
For the glowing pillar of flame by night,
And the sheltering cloud by day.
“Never a watch on the dreariest halt,
But some promise of love endears;
I read from the past, that my future shall be
Far better than all my fears.
Like the golden pot, of the wilderness bread,
Laid up with the blossoming rod,
All safe in the ark, with the law of the Lord,
Is the covenant care of my God.”
For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.
~ Acts 17:28 [NLT]
God tenderly reminds us that we are children too! We are His children. There are few things in this life that are more comforting in a season of difficulty than being in the presence of your parents. A mother’s hug can be one of the most restorative actions this world offers and that is exactly what God says He is for us! He’s our Father, our Safe Place, Refuge, Comforter, Wisdom-Giver, and Rest when we hit those moments where we just can’t anymore.